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Old 07-30-2012, 07:26 AM   #1
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how long does it take for thyroid medication to work

Hi, this is my first ever post on any of these sites. I have been suffering from constipation for a while and my blood test showed a very mild/borderline raised TSH. I also tested positive for the antibodies. My gp was brave enough after a lot of pressure from me to try me on a trial of medication. I have only been taking it a few days and I am feeling very lightheaded and dizzy. There is little to no improvement in my symptoms. I feel I need to persevere but how long would it be wise to continue for? I do seem to be getting some side effects and I am aware of a little bit of a quickening heartbeat. According to other posts this seems to settle down but I could do with a little reassurance.

 
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Re: how long does it take for thyroid medication to work

Levothyroxine isn't a quick fix like aspirin is for a headache. It takes weeks to build up in the cells and to effect meaningful change in symptoms. The full effect of any particular dose takes about 6 - 8 weeks to occur; many people feel a slight effect around 2 weeks. At the beginning of treatment, old symptoms can worsen or new ones can appear. This is especially true if your starting dose was just 25 mcgs. It isn't a fast process, and it can't be rushed.

"Side effects" from the med are rare. What you're experiencing are symptoms from the change in your thyroid hormone levels due to the introduction of the extra hormone into your system. If your heart is young(er) and otherwise healthy, you can easily tolerate the temporary change in its rhythm.

Stick with it. Most people will not have total eradication of symptoms before 6 months' time. It took me 9 months to titrate to my optimal dose and another 3 months before all symptoms were gone. Again... It isn't a fast fix.

Stick with it!
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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Re: how long does it take for thyroid medication to work

I've only been on Levothyroxine for 2 weeks now and I don't know if it's just all in my head or not but I do have some more energy. I am still having old symptoms because of me being hypothyroid. My doctor and my pharmacist told me it will take 6 to 8 weeks for me to see any improvement. I can't say much about the heart thing because that's one of my symptoms anyway but if you feel worried or anything like that call your Doctor...or your pharmacist and ask their opinion. Good luck!

 
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Levothyroxine isn't a quick fix like aspirin is for a headache. It takes weeks to build up in the cells and to effect meaningful change in symptoms. The full effect of any particular dose takes about 6 - 8 weeks to occur; many people feel a slight effect around 2 weeks. At the beginning of treatment, old symptoms can worsen or new ones can appear. This is especially true if your starting dose was just 25 mcgs. It isn't a fast process, and it can't be rushed.

"Side effects" from the med are rare. What you're experiencing are symptoms from the change in your thyroid hormone levels due to the introduction of the extra hormone into your system. If your heart is young(er) and otherwise healthy, you can easily tolerate the temporary change in its rhythm.

Stick with it. Most people will not have total eradication of symptoms before 6 months' time. It took me 9 months to titrate to my optimal dose and another 3 months before all symptoms were gone. Again... It isn't a fast fix.

Stick with it!
Thanks I will try to keep going. Unfortunately last night I also had diarrhea all night which again I think is down to the medication. It is hard to believe such a small dose and tiny tablet can effect someone so much.

 
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